Jackie Burke

Jackie Burke, author of The Secrets of Grindlewood series of books for children

Jackie grew up with her sister and three brothers in Dublin, Ireland. She had dreamed of becoming a writer since she was a little girl but other things (like work, sport and baking) kept getting in the way. Once she started writing The Secrets of Grindlewood she was entranced by the world appearing at her fingertips. What started as one book quickly turned into a series of five.


The Secrets of Grindlewood is inspired by all that Jackie loves in nature; gardens, forests, wildlife and especially cats and dogs. 


Her new trilogy, Harp Maiden, draws on her love of music to tell the story of young Evie Wells who discovers she can play a magical harp. Her unique gift leads to adventure and danger in equal measure as she discovers her destiny as the Harp Maiden. 


Jackie and her husband live in Bray, County Wicklow, where they share their home with a big, fluffy cat. 




What inspired grindlewood?

Hear me chatting to East Coast FM's Morning Show host, Declan Meehan, about The Secrets of Grindlewood. 



Find out more about Grindlewood and what inspired me to write the series.

Illustration and Editing

Fintan Taite

A big thank you to illustrator, Fintan Taite, whose beautiful artwork brought my Secrets of Grindlewood characters so much to life. To see more of Fintan's excellent illustrations please follow the link below. 



Rachel Corcoran

The world of the Harp Maiden is beautifully illustrated by well-known artist Rachel Corcoran. To see more of Rachel's wonderful work please follow the link below. 



Robert Doran

Every author needs a great editor: a patient, thoughtful advisor who partners with you to bring out the best in your writing. Robert Doran has edited all my books with great insight and understanding. For more information on Robert's services please follow the link below.



The Secrets of Grindlewood Launch


For booksellers, all books by Jackie Burke are available from Gill Distribution, Dublin. The contact email in Gills is: sales@gill.ie.